New Developments: Roundup Lawsuit, Plus 3 Alternatives to Glyphosate

As the weeks go by, the Roundup lawsuits continue to make headlines. Just two weeks ago a couple in California was awarded $2 billion (yes that’s billion) in punitive and compensatory damages after the couple alleged that the glyphosate in Roundup caused their cancer. Lawsuits continue to mount throughout the US and worldwide, with Bayer now facing more than 13,400 lawsuits over the Roundup cancer risk. This story is not going away anytime soon.

Companies like Costco are no longer selling Roundup and family action committees are putting pressure on other big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s to discontinue selling this controversial product. As this news story continues to develop and the media coverage intensifies, consumers will demand alternatives as they turn away from glyphosate.

So, what does all of this mean for you? Our customers want to know what chemicals go on their lawn and if you do not have alternative options, you may lose business. It’s time to evaluate your programs and offer additional options to your customers. The good news is, there are already alternatives available including traditional herbicides, low AI, and 100% organic.

To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of effective alternatives to glyphosate.

TRADITIONAL:

Cheetah

Fast, effective, non-selective control of tough-to-control grass, sedge, and broadleaf weeds.

Cheetah™ utilizes a novel mode of action to better protect your high-value TNVV crops from weed competition including triazine, ALS, and glyphosate resistant weeds. This fast, effective, non-selective herbicide will let you focus more on profitability and less on weeds.

  • Best alternative to glyphosate, offering broad-spectrum weed control
  • Directed sprays provide excellent weed control and crop safety in orchards and vineyards
  • Expanded glufosinate uses in horticultural market; stone fruit, pome fruit, citrus, olives, and sweet corn*
  • More consistent control than Gramoxone® on glyphosate-resistant weeds with no special handling restrictions
  • *Not all crops labeled for use in California

LOW IMPACT:

CIVITAS WEEDfree BRANDTM

Fast-acting, hybrid selective herbicide formulated with less active ingredients kills over 60 listed broadleaf weeds. A sustainable choice without sacrificing performance.

  • Fast-acting, weeds show visible injury only hours after application
  • Low environmental impact, uses up to 75% less active ingredients than traditional three-way mix herbicides
  • White emulsion helps identify where product is sprayed and reduce over-spraying and call-backs, ultimately saving time and money
  • No offensive odor and discrete application offer key benefits to applicator, staff and homeowner
  • Full application or spot treatment

100% ORGANIC:

Avenger® Organic Weed Killer

Non-selective, post-emergence herbicide that quickly and effectively kills weeds, grasses and broadleaves without causing harm to the environment.

  • Fast acting – visible results in less than 2 hours
  • Highly biodegradable – dissipates quickly
  • Non-toxic and can be used in areas near people, pets and wildlife
  • Works in cool & cloudy conditions (as low as 40º F)
  • Does not stain brick, concrete or pavement
  • Emulsion technology – visually references your spray target
  • Sprayed areas can be planted within hours
  • Controls most weeds, grasses and broadleaves
  • No offensive odor, made from oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits
  • EPA registered & approved

Central is here to help. If you have questions or need other recommendations, contact your local Central rep. We’re always adding new and innovate products to our warehouses to make sure we’re meeting [and exceeding] your needs. We stay at the leading edge of the industry and we’re ready to help you grow!